All bird observations are valuable, and every sighting--no matter how common the species--is important for understanding where and when birds occur around the globe. Your observations appear with others from the eBird community on eBird’s maps and graphs. Researchers download the data to make more informed conservation decisions.
To get started you go to eBird.org and create a new account. There are privacy settings at http://ebird.org/ebird/prefs that allow you to submit reports anonymously.
To enter your data into eBird:
- Go to the "Submit Observations" tab at the top of the page.
- Enter your State in the "Find it on a Map" search option.
- On the map that opens, type the address of sighting.
- Next they will ask you a) The Date b) How you went birding. In other words, were you walking a trail, watching out a window, etc. c) The time of the observation, d) How long you were observing, and e) The number of people watching
- On the checklist page, you can use the "Jump to Species" box to type in the bird name or scroll down until you find the birds you want to report and enter the number you saw. Write down only the highest number of each species you see at any one time to avoid counting the same birds more than once. For example, if you see 8 cardinals as you start your count period, then later you see 12, and later still you see 3, you’ll only report 12--the highest number you saw together at once. You do not add the numbers together.
- At the bottom right there is a very important question: "Are you submitting a complete checklist of the birds you were able to identify?" It is best if you try to give a full picture of what you see. By submitting a complete checklist of birds they can learn more about where a species occurs with regularity, but equally important they can begin to say with certainty where it does not occur.
- Click Submit and then you have done your bit to help with bird conservation! It is so easy I hope you help fledge a new birders!!
Get started by following our quick start guide: http://ebird.org/quick-start-guide
Links to bar charts, recent sightings, and the best local birding hotspots: http://ebird.org/ebird/places
See eBird Science Use for more information: http://ebird.org/science-use
Complete checklists vs. incomplete checklists: http://ebird.org/reporting-all-species.